By now, I’m sure it comes as a huge surprise to you that I’m a fan of Middle West Spirits (the makers of OYO). …what? Oh, you’re not surprised? Good, you’ve been paying attention. I’ve managed to collect three different batches of OYO’s standard whiskey, and now this, the Michelone Reserve bourbon (which is unfortunately nowhere to be found on their website). What I can tell you about it is that it was named after one of the co-owners’ grandfathers, and that it is made with corn, wheat, rye, and barley.
|Look how pretty. Look at it!|
Apart from the fact that it’s OYO and I know I love them, the bottle would have attracted me to the product. It’s a sleek, smooth, painted black bottle with shimmery silver text. It looks mysterious and beautiful on the shelf (and even better in my kitchen), like that tall dark and handsome gent dressed in black you saw at that party the other night……er….nevermind. It’s a pretty bottle, is the point I’m trying to make.
But as always, the truly important part is the product inside the bottle, so let’s talk about that. When I get something in a painted bottle, there’s always a certain excitement to see what color the liquid inside is. This pours tawny gold, and (as you might expect), looks similar to their regular whiskey. The nose is spicy, almost peppery, with a sweet background that’s slightly fruity. Taste wise I definitely get the rye up front. There’s a little burn, nothing dramatic, and it fades into a long oaky finish. The oak aftertaste coats my mouth and lingers around for a while.
This is a good bourbon. Part of me wishes it didn’t have rye, because apparently I’m really sensitive to it (as in, everything I have that has rye, all I taste is that damn rye. I mean, I like rye, but c’mon, not all the time). For a new bourbon, I think this stands up pretty well to some of the old familiars that have been around for ages. I should probably add it to my rotation of things I drink on a regular basis, because for one thing it’s yummy, and for another I have whiskey stashed everywhere and only one me to drink it. And we all know…as soon as I see batch 2 on the shelf, how will I be able to resist?